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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffTyler Date: Mar 13, 2014 8:15pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: API Archive.us - an API for archive.org

Looks like an excellent data scrapper. but for non tech/non code guys like me, what is this 'used for' ? a dump-box of archive.org data that people can easily scoop up and sort / sift / silt through in whatever way they want to slice it?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffTom Anderson Date: Mar 13, 2014 9:05pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: API Archive.us - an API for archive.org

API Archiveus does not scrape data. It collects it though public XML feeds and XML files. That is not scraping.

You may look up the following terms to learn how to ask what this can be used for:
API
JSON
HAL (Hyptertext Application Language)

The Archive does not store data in a relational way. API Archiveus does. By applying a common API query language to The Archive data it will be possible to structure a search engine capable of really querying the data The Archive claims to search.

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Poster: xtifr Date: Apr 3, 2014 11:00pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: API Archive.us - an API for archive.org

Sounds interesting, but I'm not really clear on what it offers that the existing ../advancedsearch.php?q=blah&output=json interface doesn't. This might be exactly what I've been looking for, for my little app. But I can't quite tell.

If it's just a more consistent language, then my app may already be past the point of needing it, but if it offers ways to easily find things I can't otherwise, then I might be very interested.

(My app is hosted at https://github.com/xtifr/llamabrowser if it helps.)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffTom Anderson Date: Mar 17, 2014 7:55pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: API Archive.us - an API for archive.org

I've added an example at http://apiarchive.us/ which may help you understand.

To better answer your quetsion APIs are used for computers to "talk" to other computers through HTTP.